Discussion on child poverty issues coming to Madison


By Fred Pace - [email protected]



MADISON — In Boone County, nearly one in four children lives in poverty.

The “Our Children, Our Future” 2015 Boone County Area Fall Forum is scheduled for Monday, Nov. 23 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Daniel Boone Post 5578 of the VFW in Madison.

“West Virginia legislators and community officials been invited to address policy issues around child poverty and well-being. The purpose of this forum is to educate Boone County citizens about the “Our Children Our Future (OCOF) Campaign” and allow them to make informed voting decisions about the issues presented,” according to Monica Ballard-Booth with Cornerstone Family Interventions, Inc. “OCOF is a group of over 177 West Virginia policy advocates, service providers, religious leaders, parents, labor and business leaders taking action to fight child poverty. Anyone who is invested in improving the lives of West Virginia’s children is encouraged to attend the 2015 Boone County Fall Forum.”

The program will include a review of OCOF legislative issues for 2016 and a question and answer session with legislative candidates, Ballard-Booth said.

“Boone County citizens will learn about the issues and pose questions about them,” she said. “They will also have an opportunity to identify local issues that are important to them and generate ideas about you believe would benefit Boone County children and families.”

Refreshments will be provided and local resource information will also be available at this event, Ballard-Booth added.

The following OCOF issues will be discussed: “Protecting Quality Child Care Centers, Right to Work is Wrong, 2nd Chance for Employment/Driver’s Licenses, Stop Meth Labs, Increasing Food Access & Profitability, and Expand Broadband Access. You may visit http://www.ocofwv.org/ballot/ to review the entire platform.

This program is free and open to the public.

Event sponsors include Cornerstone Family Interventions, Regional Family Resource Network, EnAct, Our Children Our Future, and Healthy Kids and Families Coalition. For more information, contact Ballard-Booth at 304-369-5283 or Sarah Clemente at 304-593-2246 or at [email protected]

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By Fred Pace

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Fred Pace is an editor for Civitas Media. He can be reached at 304-369-1165, ext. 1661, in Madison; at 304-752-6950, ext. 1729 in Logan; by email at [email protected] or @fcpace62 on Twitter.

Fred Pace is an editor for Civitas Media. He can be reached at 304-369-1165, ext. 1661, in Madison; at 304-752-6950, ext. 1729 in Logan; by email at [email protected] or @fcpace62 on Twitter.

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